South Africa’s future technicians will soon be training in state of the art laboratories thanks to a partnership between CPUT and engineering industry specialist RS Components.
RS sponsored equipment to the value of R250 000 to be used in the project labs run by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at CPUT’s Bellville campus.
“The four project labs will be used by over 450 students annually to learn about electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering. The students will get the opportunity to learn about and work with actual engineering equipment by doing various assignments and projects according to their course curriculum,” says Ben Groenewald, Head of Electrical Engineering at the launch of the labs.
The equipment supplied to the labs is from RS’s private label range, called RS Pro, and include top of the range components that students can expect to encounter in a future workplace.
Brian Andrew, GM of RS Components South Africa says that a partnership with CPUT was a natural fit.
“Being the global distributor for engineers, it made sense to partner with the CPUT as they are developing the next generation of engineering technologists who are going to be required to be multi-skilled across disciplines. We wanted the students to have access to the necessary tools and equipment so that they could practically put the theory they are studying into practice and have a taste of what the professionals use. Our RS Pro range matched the requirements of the labs by having great quality and performance while being affordable. We are extremely excited to see what these young engineers will be cooking up in the labs.”
Groenewald adds that, “investment like this illustrates industry’s increasing involvement in the education of engineers and for that we are very grateful.”
Written by CPUT News